B.C. parents urged to check immunization records after Chinese vaccine recall

B.C. parents urged to check immunization records after Chinese vaccine recall
A woman stops to pose with lion dancers during a Chinatown Culture Day coinciding with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson delivering an apology on behalf of the city for past discrimination against residents of Chinese descent, during a special city council meeting in Chinatown, in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday April 22, 2018. The apology acknowledges wrongdoings in legislation, regulations and policies of previous Vancouver city councils. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER: Health authorities in British Columbia are urging parents of toddlers who were vaccinated in parts of China last year to check their records for a recalled vaccine.

The BC Centre for Disease Control says two batches of vaccines for DTP _ diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, also known as whooping cough _ failed testing and were eventually recalled in October 2017.

The centre says the two batches in question may not provide full immunity to patients, and children who received them may require additional vaccination.

The two batches were used by provincial disease control centres in both the Shandong and Hebei provinces, and by the city of Chongqing’s Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

The centre says there are no safety concerns with the vaccines, but parents of children who were under two years old and living in those areas from March to October 2017 should check their immunization records.

Parents are urged to contact local health authorities if their child received either vaccine. Complete details are on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.